Howard M. Ehrenberg, Member
Howard Ehrenberg has more than 25 years of experience representing bankruptcy trustees, receivers, businesses, creditors, government entities, purchasers and sellers of assets, and litigants throughout California in matters involving bankruptcy law, receiverships, and commercial and business litigation.
Mr. Ehrenberg has been a member of the Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Panel of Trustees, appointed by the Office of the United States Trustee since 1995, and Credentialed State Court Receiver. He is certified as a Business Bankruptcy Law Specialist by the American Bankruptcy Board of Certification. Mr. Ehrenberg is an active member of the Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum, the Financial Lawyers Conference, American Bankruptcy Institute and Council of Certified Bankruptcy Specialists. Every year since 2004, Mr. Ehrenberg has been selected as a Southern California Super Lawyer. He has served as a member of the Executive Board of the Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. Currently, he serves on the Advisory Board of Directors for Safety Belt Safe, Inc., a national organization that promotes child car safety, and was a commissioner in the City of Burbank, California, from 2002 to 2006.
Mr. Ehrenberg graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a BA in rhetoric and earned his JD from the University of Southern California.
University of Southern California School of Law (JD, 1986)
University of California at Berkeley (BA, 1983)
Chapter & Bankruptcy Panel of Trustees, 1995-present
Credentialed State Court Receiver
Certified as a Business Bankruptcy Law Specialist, American Bankruptcy Board of Certification, 1993
Southern California Super Lawyer, 2004-present
Safety Belt Safe, Inc. (Advisory Board of Directors)
American Bankruptcy Institute
Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum
Financial Lawyers' Conference
Counsel of Certified Bankruptcy Specialists
Los Angeles County Bar Association (Executive Board, Commercial Law & Bankruptcy Sections)
News & Publications
- Beverly Hills Legacy Property Back on Market
- Howard Ehrenberg recently hosted a delegation from the Thai Ministry of Justice
- Bankruptcy Court Approves Reorganization Plan for Attorney & Financier Leonard Ross Filed By Chapter 11 Trustee, Howard M. Ehrenberg of SulmeyerKupetz
- Two Downtown Pittsburgh buildings face shaky fiscal future
- Trustee Sues Bankrupt Show Biz Payroll Company for ‘Massive Multiple Audit Failures’
- Keep The Payment Received: Nine Things You Can do to Prevent A Preference Action
- Debt Relief
- Creditors’ Committees: Powerful Tools for Unsecured Creditors
"I worked with Howard on the bankruptcy case involving the Queen Mary in Long Beach. I was counsel for the Creditors' Committee and Howard was the chapter 11 trustee. He worked very hard to operate the debtor's business and sell the ground lease which resulted in a substantial distribution to creditors."
- Ira Katz, Gershuni & Katz, A Law Corporation
"I have personally known Howard for over 10 years and we have worked together on multiple occasions.
Howard is a well recognized and respected bankruptcy/trustee attorney both in the Los Angeles area and nationally.
I fully endorse Howard's expertise and professionalism."
-Victor Owens, Senior Vice President/East West Bank
"Howard was my supervising attorney when I worked at Sulmeyer. He has a great work ethic and handles his cases with great competency and dignity. He is the consummate fiduciary and a pleasure to work with.
Upon becoming a trustee myself, Howard has been available to act as a mentor, answering questions no matter how trivial. I look forward to hiring Howard as my attorney as my attorney and to working on his behalf as well."
-Larry Simons, Principal at Law Offices of Larry D. Simons, Inc.
"I've known and worked with Howard over the years and have always found him to be knowledgeable and effective in his role as counsel and trustee."
-Geoffrey L. Berman, Vice President at Development Specialists, Inc.
"Howard is an extremely diligent, prudent, honest, and efficient bankruptcy trustee and receiver. I have found his work ethic to be nothing short of stellar, and his quick grasp of facts and suggested solutions are commendable."
-Byron Moldo, Partner at Ervin, Cohen & Jessup LLP
"I have worked with Howard for over 15 years on various matters. He is a an excellent attorney and fiduciary."
- David Gottlieb, Partner at Crowe Horwath LLP
"Few professional instill as much confidence as Howard when it comes to sorting through complex bankruptcy issues."
-Jeremy Faith, Partner at Margulies Faith, LLP
"Howard is and always has been extremely professional and regularly accessible and cooperative not only as a bankruptcy trustee, but in the general manner in which he practices law."
-Allan Sarver, Owner, Law Office of Allan D. Sarver
"Howard is bright, capable and conscientious. He is detail oriented and attempts to look after the best interests of the bankruptcy estate and its creditors."
"Disposing real estate as part of a bankruptcy liquidation deals with a lot of dynamic issues. Howard helped us anticipate many hurdles and we worked together as a team to maximize the asset's value. Bidders were forced to focus on the real estate value and not take advantage of the bankruptcy process."
-Carl Muhlstein, Managing Director at Jones Lang LaSalle
"Howard is a well organized, competent, and ethical lawyer. It is a pleasure working with Howard because he is fair, practical and 'gets it.'"
-Garrick Hollander, Shareholder at Winthrop Couchot PC
"I worked with Howard for over a decade and know him well. He is highly ethical and efficient -always looking to keep the bill down. But at the same time he is thorough and detailed-oriented. Howard can run a mega-case as well as a tiny case. He thinks outside the box and looks for creative cost-effective solutions. Howard is also thoroughly versed in all aspects of Chapter 11 and 7 bankruptcy, as I know from working with him on behalf of debtors, creditors, committees, adversary defendants, and trustee cases."
-Howard Madris, Owner, Law Office of Howard N. Madris, A P.C.
"I have worked with Howard on cases going back to the Queen Mary bankruptcy case where Howard was the Chapter 11 Trustee. He is sharp, focused on the right result and is one of the best bankruptcy attorneys in California. Having worked with him while representing a creditor in a case where he was a trustee, having worked with Howard as co-counsel and having represented Howard in other matters, Howard is a person that you want involved as a trustee or an attorney in a bankruptcy case."
-Corey Weber, Partner at Ezra Brutzkus Gubner LLP
"Howard is one of the most respected and experienced bankruptcy attorneys and trustees in the Central District of California. Especially today, there are many lawyers that claim to be bankruptcy lawyers, but compared to Howard, they are merely practicing.
Howard exemplifies the dignity, civility and professionalism that is not found among all of our colleagues. It is always a pleasure to work with, even when on the other side of, Howard. Other trustees should learn from Howard "there is more to get with honey then vinegar!"
-Louis J. Esbin
"I have known Howard several years. He is very knowledgeable, professional and competent in bankruptcy law and he is very understanding and sincere in what he does. I have been impressed with his intellect and honesty and would recommend him to anyone looking for a competent bankruptcy attorney."
- William Brownstein, Esq.
"Howard Ehrenberg is an excellent bankruptcy attorney and trustee. He employs his sound business sense and legal acumen in achieving positive results in cases."
-Lei Lei Wang Ekvall
"Excellent lawyer, great problem solver, really good people skills and result oriented. Highly recommended."
- Steven Kurtz, Partner at Levinson Arshonsky & Kurtz, LLP
"Howard is great! He is among the very penultimate best bankruptcy lawyers and bankruptcy trustees in Los Angeles, if not all of California and elsewhere! He is totally reliable, and if he gives you his word, you can count on it."
- Leon Bayer
When he joined SulmeyerKupetz in 1986, all Howard knew about bankruptcy was that he owned stock in the now-defunct Sambo's Restaurants. Today he is co-managing partner of the firm, a certified business bankruptcy law specialist, and frequent speaker and author. In 1995, Howard became a member of the Central District of California bankruptcy trustees. Since then he has successfully handled several complicated cases including the Queen Mary, Powerlift (the largest Caterpillar forklift franchisee in California), the case of the individual who owns the most expensive house in America, and he was appointed to oversee the liquidation of Axium International and 36 related companies (a 2 billion dollar entertainment payroll company). Most of all, Howard enjoys spending time with his wife and two kids; Benny is a sophomore at USC studying economics, and Mia is entering her junior year of high school and hoping to be a diplomat some day.